Why it is
Why it is worth
Preserving umbilical cord blood at birth is probably one of the most important decisions you will make in life. The right to take it gives you the European Parliament Resolution on tissue donation. See what is worth knowing, what is useful, and what are the limitations to make this decision consciously.
What should you know?
80 oncological and hematological diseases
so many diseases are treated by umbilical cord blood stem cells transplantation
autism and cerebral palsy
administration of stem cells brings benefits to patients with these diseases
umbilical cord stem cells are widely used in the reconstruction of neurons, joints and bones
the odds of being treated with stem cells in the future
Since we don’t know the future, we can’t be sure what diseases may happen to our relatives. The probability of future stem cell treatment is now at 1:100 and these cells may be used both for the child during whose birth they were harvested, as well as for the siblings and the child's family (with a compatible HLA system). The collection procedure is non-invasive and completely safe for both the mother and the child.
What are the disadvantages?
it's not a cure for everything
despite the growing number of indications, stem cells will not be the proper choice for all diseases
there are costs to be borne
the collection and banking of umbilical cord blood is not reimbursed by the Polish National Health Fund (NFZ), so parents must cover the costs themselves
sometimes it can’t be harvested
there are contraindications for collection, e.g. HIV infection